Don’t Go in the Woods (2010)
Plot: A group of indie rockers seek solitude deep in the woods to write songs for a new album. But they soon realize they’re not alone when a sledgehammer-brandishing intruder arrives in this chilling musical slasher directed by actor Vincent D’Onofrio.
My Review: I saw the trailer for this movie months ago. I was a little leery about it, but it based on the trailer it looked interesting. Honestly, I sort of forgot all about it until last night when I was browsing new movies to Netflix streaming and saw this listed there. I immediately put it on.
The movie starts off with a band headed out into the woods. They are trying to come up with a few new songs for a CD and need the peace and quiet. Instead of just leaving their cell phones at home or in the car, they end up smashing
the shit out of them. Good plan! Idiots! Actually, other then the mention of cell phones the movie really has this whole 70s sort of feel to me. On the way into the woods they see a big red sign saying “Don’t go in the woods” they continue on anyhow.
Later that night a bunch of their friends (girls) end up crashing, thinking the guys are just up there to party. So they sit around the campfire singing songs, drinking, talking and smoking. Eventually the killing begins. At first its few and far between, but then it picks up in the last twenty minutes or so and really its not that hard to figure out who’s doing it. Or at least I thought so. There is one key point that makes no sense…at first. So to me it was logical that a certain something was going on.
Anyhow, this movie (at the time of this review) has an awful rating on IMDB.com with 2.8/10 stars! I was pretty shocked by that. But I guess if you don’t like this kind/type of music, or you don’t like musicals, then you would hate this movie, as 90% of it is music. I thought the music made sense for being in the movie. Granted some scenes/songs were unneeded. Like when a couple girls – or for that matter anyone not in the band – started singing. I liked that it didn’t seem like they really broke out into song randomly, well a couple of the girls did, but overall they were just singing to have fun, it wasn’t “weird” like it is in some musicals.
Because I like musicals and the music was decent in this, I felt entertained. The movie felt “unique” to me. Not that nobody has ever done a horror musical because its been done a few times, just not all that well.
Gore/FX: The gore was VERY decent. Not a whole bunch shown. But very decent. Had they shown a few more deaths on screen I might have even given this a higher rating.
Sexual Content: None. No nudity. I was a little surprised by this. Usually horror movies that involve camping with girls have nudity in it.
Acting: I read on Netflix that this was awful acting. Honestly, people just don’t know what bad acting is anymore apparently. This wasn’t bad at all. In fact, I was kind of surprised that it was so decent. That being said, a couple of the girls aren’t the greatest actors. But this is NOT one of those school project/filmed in the backyard sort of films.
Overall: While it wasn’t by any means a great film. It entertained me with the plot, music, and horror/gore aspect. It was something different then the usual slasher movie so it made it more interesting. I had fun while watching it and I’d definitely watch it again. But I would recommend checking out the trailer or music clips on YouTube to see what kind of music it is before you decide to give it a watch. Especially if you are really picky about your music.